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(composed by reynold d. philipsek 2018 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)
acoustic bass-matt senjem
My family comes from the eastern part of Europe (Poland, Ukraine and Bohemia or Silesia).
My natural tendency is toward harmonies that reflect an Eastern European bent which are basically minor scalar things with flattened fifths and raised sevenths.
That might be an overly technical explanation for some but it essentially means a sort of “gypsy” flavor. In fact the scale is called by some Hungarian Minor and by others Gypsy Minor.
Again, I don’t purposely write or play in this mode, it just happens.
This song came to me one day while I was out jogging. The recurrent “mantra” in 11/4 was not premeditated. I only go to odd meters if they naturally occur. Otherwise it seems forced or contrived. In my opinion.
In fact, only when I came home from the jog and wrote down the melody of the theme did I realize it was in 11.
The solo sections in between are very modal. The whole thing goes even a little further “East” than Silesia and enters a little quasi/faux “raga” territory.
The piece is a staple of both of my performing groups East Side and Sidewalk Cafe, as well as being on my latest album, Picture This.
composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek
Zino-Rephi Music (BMI)
1965 when I was 12 years old was a big year for music in my opinion.
I already played guitar and was writing some very primitive music of my own.
The Beatles were big on my list as were Wes Montgomery and Burt Bacharach.
This song somehow summons up some of the moods that year invokes for me.
written and performed by Reynold Philipsek
zino-rephi music (BMI)
The Second Viennese school of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern has long been of interest to me.
The idea of composing a melody line comprised of all 12 notes without repeating any is a tough job.
I have written two pieces based on a 12 tone line and Vienna Blues is one of them.
My goal was to construct a piece using this inherently angular line in such a way as to “smooth out” the angularity and present something the average listener, who doesn’t care about how the thing is constructed, can enjoy.
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live at the Dakota
I only recently discovered this live Youtube video.
I have no idea who posted it, but I like it.
Live videos like this show up from time to time and I have no problem with them.
My goal is to get the music to as many people as possible.
The two songs played in Part One posted here are two of my songs.
First is “Sans Souci”.
This is a rather extended version and at one point Gary (violin) and I do some very nice interplay.
The second song is a tune I wrote in homage to Joe Pass, the legendary guitarist with whom I had a couple of lessons with in L.A. in 1975.
Joe passed away in 1994.
This second song is called “Tempus Fugit.”